The Richmond Register

March 1, 2014

H.S. SWIMMING: Local swimmers move on to championship finals at state

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Madison County swimmers will have a shot at a championship today at the KHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships in Louisville.

Madison Central’s Chase Baldwin finished eighth in the 200 IM in qualifying on Friday, earning him a spot in today’s championship finals.

The Madison Central boys 200 medley relay team — Chase Baldwin, John Babuka, Trent Lakes and Mitchell Collins — also qualified for today’s championship finals. The team finished eighth in the preliminary competition.

The top eighth finishers in each event move on to the championship finals. The next finishers (nine through 16) earn a spot in today’s consolation finals.

“Our older and more experienced swimmers did well this morning, while our younger swimmers struggled in their individual events but swam well for the team in the relays,” Central girls coach Kim Babuka said.

Madison Central will have four relay teams in the consolation finals.

For the Lady Indians, the 200 medley team finished ninth (Abby Thompson, Makenzie Burford, Hadley Neal and Morgan Lakes), the 400 free team was 12th (Molly Ford, Tilly Baldwin, Makenzie Burford and Morgan Lakes) and the 200 free team was 14th (Molly Ford, Madeline Meeker, Hadley Neal and Makenzie Burford).

On the boys side, Central’s 400 free team took 11th place (Mitchell Collins, John Babuka, Trent Lakes, Chase Baldwin).

Model will also have two boys relay teams in today’s consolation final — 200 free (14th, Jack Miller, Sam Shepherd, James Schwartz and Christopher Jackson) and the 200 medley (alternate; Kody Stroschein, James Schwartz, Sam Shepherd and Jack Miller).

Central’s Morgan Lakes qualified for the consolation final in two individual events — 200 IM (11th) and the 500 free (14th).

Central’s Mitchell Collins was 18th in the 100 fly and will be an alternate in today’s consolation final and Central senior Molly Ford finished 18th in the 50 free.